My trip has been very interesting thus far! First day in Cusco and I ended up spending a couple of days in the hospital with 2 types of salmonella poisoning. Although that put a downer on my trip, I could not have asked for a better group of people to support me through it!
The tour guides were amazing, making sure that I was well taken care of, and were already planning ahead to make sure that I wouldn’t miss out on anything. The experience in the hospital was very intimidating at first, especially because I don’t know how to speak Spanish, therefore it was really hard to communicate with the nurses. Luckily I had a doctor who spoke some English. I had an extra bed in my room for a friend to stay, and I was lucky enough to have a friend keep me company throughout this experience. We enjoyed each other’s company and actually thought it was pretty relaxing having a few days to rest and watch some movies.
The nurses were very genuine, and we shared a few laughs trying to communicate to each other through a translating app on my iPhone. Although this third world country doesn’t have all the resources that we would back in Canada, I can definitely say I was well taken care of and I was able to get out of there with some medication in time to see Machu Picchu! I knew there was no way I was going to miss out on what was one of the highlights of my trip. Sure you can look at pictures and I could go on saying how absolutely beautiful and incredible this landmark is, but it does not compare to seeing it for yourself. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to see it, and if anyone has the chance to see it.. You will not regret it! Another activity that was an absolute blast was the cooking class! The group was not so keen on it when we heard about it, but it ended up being one of the most fun things we did while being in cusco! You have a local give you a tour of the market, and he gives you so much information about different foods that a lot of us are taking back to canada to try! Once we had our supplies we went back to the guides restaurant where we learned to make a couple of peru’s specialty drinks, and we made a delicious lomo saltado! It was a lot of fun experimenting and playing with fire! We ended off our time in cusco with a pot luck BBQ with the lbw fam! Our hostel was the perfect place to cook together, and enjoy some drinks with the group!
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